September 15th News and Notes

Crisis Center Meal

We still have several openings for this Sunday’s Crisis Center meal.  You can sign up here

Bowie House of Worship Tour

This Saturday from 12-4, the city of Bowie is having a House of Worship tour.  If you would like to bake cookies to have at the church or to spend some time here in case anyone drops by, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

SEEDS returns

SEEDS will begin back on Wednesday, September 21st

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.  All classes will follow the Narrative Lectionary.  Chris Deacon will be teaching the adult class. Shirley Bickel will be teaching the youth class and Jan and Gene Barbato will be teaching the elementary.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Ministry Support committee,  Children, Youth, and Family committee and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

   Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, September 15th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 PM, TJ Elliotts

Friday, September 16th

  • UPB bookclub, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 17th

  • Bowie Houses of Worship Tour, 12-4

Sunday, September 18th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Wednesday, September 21st

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 22nd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30 PM, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, September 25th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp
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September 7th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday Celebration

September 11th we will kick-off our church year!  We are planning on having a festival after church with all sorts of games and events.  There will be: facepainting, balloon animals, water ice, a bounce house, karaoke, and more!  Plan on inviting friends!  Cost will be one non-perishable food item for the Bowie Food Pantry.  The person who brings the most guests will get to pick a song for Pastor Chris to sing karaoke!!

Set up

We need help setting up for the kick-off celebration before worship Sunday.  If you are available, please be at the church by 8:45

 New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

SEEDS returns

SEEDS will begin back on Wednesday, September 21st

Canopies needed

If you have a canopy that the church could use for kick-off Sunday, please let Chris know.  Thank you!

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

 Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Children, Youth, and Family committee as well as the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

   Two Week Outlook

Thursday, September 8th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, September 11th

  • Set-up, 8:45 AM
  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Kick-off Celebration, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, September 14th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 15th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 PM, TJ Elliotts

Friday, September 16th

  • UPB bookclub, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 17th

  • Bowie Houses of Worship Tour, 12-4

Wednesday, September 18th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Wednesday, September 21st

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

September 2nd Weekly E-votional

As I said in last week’s sermon, Hannah had recently discovered The Peanuts Movie.  I was skeptical at first, but it is very true to the Peanuts that I grew up with.  When Hannah falls in love with a movie or show, that is all she will watch for a while, so I have seen The Peanuts Movie more times than I care to admit.

There is one scene near the beginning when the kids are playing outside because of a snow day.  They notice a moving van pulling in and race to a fence to watch who the new kid might be.  Each child talks about who they hope the new kid is.

Schroeder hopes for a kid that loves Beethoven.  Lucy hopes he appreciates her natural beauty.  Linus just hopes the new kid has an open mind about the great pumpkin.  Charlie Brown hopes, “the new kid has never heard of me he would know nothing of my past imperfections.  It’s not often you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate.  This time things will be different.”

A clean slate.  That’s what Charlie Brown wants. All his friends have seen his social mishaps and mess ups and remember them. But with a new kid, there is a chance for a fresh start!

There are times in all of our lives when we wish we could wash away our past imperfections, have our mistakes forgotten.  In Christ, we have a clean slate.  Our past sins and imperfections are not forgotten, they are forgiven.   Each day, we are given the fresh start that Charlie Brown desperately hopes for.  But there’s a catch.  Notice the last thing Charlie Brown says, “This time things will be different.”  Yes, God forgives our sins when we repent of them.  But repenting is more than asking forgiveness.  Repenting means to “turn away” from.  God forgives our sin but expects that this time things will be different, that we turn away from our sinful ways.  We are all given a clean slate, we should take advantage of it!

Isaiah 1:18  “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

 

August 31st News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday Celebration

September 11th we will kick-off our church year!  We are planning on having a festival after church with all sorts of games and events.  There will be: facepainting, balloon animals, water ice, a bounce house, karaoke, and more!  Plan on inviting friends!  Cost will be one non-perishable food item for the Bowie Food Pantry.  The person who brings the most guests will get to pick a song for Pastor Chris to sing karaoke!!

 New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

 Canopies needed

If you have a canopy that the church could use for kick-off Sunday, please let Chris know.  Thank you!

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Our One Great Hour of Sharing collection this Sunday will go to help the flood victims of Ellicot City.

 Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Children, Youth, and Family committee as well as the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

   Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Women’s Ensemble practice, 6:45
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Friday, September 2nd

  • Book Club, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 4th

  • Worship and Communion, 10:00

Monday, September 5th

  • Labor Day, office closed

Tuesday, September 6th

  • Parish Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 7th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 8th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, September 11th

  • Worship, 10:00 Am
  • Kick-off Celebration, 11:00 AM

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program

August 25th Weekly E-votionals

Something you may not know about me is that I am a dog person.  I am a sucker for dogs, especially puppies!  I have to be supervised anytime we go anywhere that dogs are being adopted. That’s why a recent story that came across my Facebook feed about a veterinarian in Georgia grabbed my attention.

Dr. Andy Mathis works in Elberton, Ga.  Graycie was a stray that was brought into him.  He thought she would probably have to be put down, she was severely underweight and in a lot of pain.  She was terrified of people and wouldn’t eat.  There was a video of Dr. Mathis getting in the kennel with Graycie.  He had put his breakfast into a bowl just like hers.  He started eating his breakfast and then put her bowl in front of her.  Because he was there with her, modeling what he expected her to do, and encouraging her, she began to eat.  In time, Graycie gained weight and became a happy, healthy dog.

I think this is a great analogy for God’s love for us as shown in Jesus Christ.  God knew what we needed to live an abundant life.  God could tell us over and over again, but we just wouldn’t listen.  Just as Dr. Mathis got into Graycie’s kennel, through the incarnation of Christ, God became human and came into our world.  Just as Dr. Mathis knew the best way to reach Graycie was to be present with her and meet her where she was, Christ is Immanuel, “God with us” and comes to us wherever we may find ourselves.

That is why we follow Christ.  In Christ, God’s love became human.  In Christ, God dwelled with us to show us a better way.  In Christ, God gives us abundant life.

John 1:14  “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

August 24th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday Celebration

September 11th we will kick-off our church year!  We are planning on having a festival after church with all sorts of games and events.  There will be: facepainting, balloon animals, water ice, a bounce house, karaoke, and more!  Plan on inviting friends!  Cost will be one non-perishable food item for the Bowie Food Pantry.  More details to come!

 New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

Womens Night Out

The women of the church will meet tomorrow night at Old Bowie Town Grill at 6:30 for dinner and fellowship.

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

Mission and Service Committee

The Mission and Service committee will be meeting Sunday after worship

 Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Children, Youth, and Family committee as well as the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

 Watoto canceled

Due to miscommunication, we will not be hosting Watoto in September as we thought.

  Two Week Outlook

Thursday, Aug 25th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner
  • Ladies’ Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, Aug 28th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Mission and Service committee meeting following worship

Monday, Aug 29th

  • Worship Team, 3:00

Friday, September 2nd

  • Book Club, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 4th

  • Worship, 10:00

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program

August 18th E-votional

There have been some great stories to come out of the Olympics.  Some stories are about amazing feats of athleticism (hello, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles), some just make you shake your head (I’m looking at you Ryan Lochte).  I don’t think you will find a more inspirational story than what happened this past Tuesday.

In the middle of the women’s 5000 meter (or 5K), everyone was still close together.  The pack seemed to move as one.  Then tragedy struck.  Abbey D’Agostino, of the United States, and Nikki Hamblin, of New Zealand, collided.  It appeared to be slight at first, but it caused them both to go to the ground.  In a sport where seconds can make a difference, D’Agnostino got up and then helped Hamblin up.  They tentatively started running together, encouraging each other.  D’Agnostino was obviously injured (she had a torn ACL and meniscus) and stumbled.  This time Hamblin helped her up and stayed with her until it was clear that D’Agnostino was steady on her feet.

Both women finished the race.  They were the last two to finish, but the care they showed each other in picking one another up will be a memory many will not soon forget.  For me, this is a big part of what it means to be part of a faith family.  We are able to lean on Christ and we are able to lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ.  When one of us stumbles, someone is there to pick us up, to encourage us, to help us get back on our feet.  If we see somebody fall, we are there to selflessly do the same.  By leaning on one another, we can cross the finish line together.

Ecclesiastes 4:10  10 For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.

1 Thessalonians 5:11  11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.